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One man's submission to pleasure
As a solicitor seeking justice for victims of violence, Tobias Lynsted...
One man's submission to pleasure
As a solicitor seeking justice for victims of violence, Tobias Lynsted must maintain control at all times while working in the seedy underworld of London's East End. The darkness of his world creates a need for the intimacy and release he can only find in the forbidden pleasure of submission. The kind of pleasure where a powerful man has the freedom to let go of his control for a few sweet moments of oblivion. But when a blackmail scheme forces him to marry, the last thing he expects in a wife is a woman who will satisfy the darker side of his nature.
One woman's awakening
Lady Jane Grisham has no desire to marry, but choosing marriage over a life of destitution is an easy choice to make. Although Jane knows love is for the foolish, Tobias awakens her most wicked and darkest of desires. In the sinful world of domination and submission, Jane uses her blossoming skills to make Tobias surrender not only his body, but his secrets. But she quickly discovers that the true test of her strength is trusting Tobias with her heart
A passion that overcomes the darkness of the past
Posted July 8, 2014
Since I finished this book last night I've been trying to form my thoughts of the book. The book sounded good from the blurb but I still don't know if I liked the book or not. To me the book was slow and didn't flow well. I'm just not sure of why because there were parts that I really liked and that's why I gave it a 3* rating. It might be that I just couldn't get into the fem/dom roll. There were parts that were very sexy and then parts I didn't like at all. I did like the characters a lot. Jane Grisham and Angelique Bissette are very strong women and I loved Tobias Lynsted. I guess in the end I just don't like the fem/dom story line. I do think the book was well written and I do plan on reading more of Monica Burns books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2014
i don't usually read this genre,but having said that, I must say that did enjoy this story. My time wasn't wasted as I turned the pages to learn the fates of the two love destined characters. Give it a try. This writer has that rare gift that compels you to finish each chapter and the book itself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2014
When Tobias is blackmailed into marrying the Earl of Culverstone's daughter. He is bitter. His sexual activities are private and shouldn't be used against him. To protect his livelihood he agrees to wed Lady Jane. She accepts but is angry. She doesn't want to lose her freedom and the ability to visit The House of Dark Pleasure. Little do they realize how alike they are. Both have strong desires that they must keep hidden. Lady Jane and Tobias are strong, well-written characters that compelled me to keep reading. Their battle of wills is powerful and sexually charged. Jane is a liberated heroine who carries the pain of betrayal in her heart. Tobias has a deadly secret that he wants to keep hidden. Neither want to show their vulnerability or mutual attraction . What will happen when the truth is revealed? Can they give their trust to each other? Monica Burns has written an memorable story. This book is a well-plotted erotic and emotional romance that appeals both to the heart and the mind. The secondary characters are interesting. I'm looking forward to learning their secrets. I loved His Mistress.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2014
Tobias and Jane, what a
flammable combination in this historical BDSM romance. He the proper 1800's
gentleman attorney and she the daughter of an Earl who is unloved and unwanted by him.
Prim and proper in front of him she becomes the fascinating and Domme Lady Mystere in
the evenings. Tobias becomes her submissive. Drama, intrigue and much more to this story.
Waiting with bated breath for the next installment.
Posted May 14, 2014
La Maison des Plaisirs Sombres is the premier BDSM club in London, but to enter you must be granted membership by Angélique Bissette. Leather and silk bindings, floggers, whips, feather dusters and ropes are all welcome here. Women and men enter this world to be sexual free and they use domination or submission to achieve it. La Maison des Plaisirs Sombres is their sexual sanctuary, but someone is threatening to rip the veil away and exposes them all.
Lady Jane Grisham became the unloved and unwanted daughter of the Earl of Culverstone, after she gave her power away to a cruel man. To survive under her father’s thumb, Jane has bisected herself into two halves. Her public half is the proper English Lady who wears dull grey dresses, so she will blend into the background of her father’s world. Her private half is the enchanting and mysterious Lady Mystère! At the La Maison des Plaisirs Sombres, Jane welcomes her freedom as Lady Mystère and can dominate any man she choose.
Tobias Lynsted is a London solicitor who champions the poor of the East End. His father’s violence defined him at a young age and he now protects the weaker and helpless. After his parents mysterious deaths, he is saved by John Fordyce and learns about unconditional love. Tobias is raised and educated with four other boys and they all became his FAMILY! To survive is dark past, Tobias needs to set his demons free and he does as a male submissive at La Maison de Plaisirs Sombres. No woman has ever earned his complete surrender, but Lady Mystère does intrigue him.
Tobias is the solicitor for the Earl of Culverstone and the earl’s has a problem with his upcoming marriage to Lady Irene Hounslows. Lady Jane and his fiancée hate one another. The earl threatens to expose his “sexual perversion and deviant behavior,” if he doesn’t marry his daughter. Tobias agrees and asks Jane to marry him. Jane will marry him, but the marriage must be in name only and she want £175 a month as pin money. Tobias will give her the pin money, but he wants two things in exchange, new and colorful dresses for her and one night, of her choosing, in her bed!
Jane best friend is Angélique and she trained Jane on how to receive her sexual satisfaction by dominating men. Jane knows that Tobias is a member and one night he said to Lady Mystère, “I wish to be of service to you, my Lady.” Jane and Tobias begin a sensual journey together, but they both hold something back from one another. Jane holds back her identity and Tobias never relinquishing total control to her. One night lacking all inhibitions and restraint, Tobias reveals his shocking past and yields to her completely. After their one unmatched and exquisite night together, their masks are ripped away and their fragile relationship begins to disintegrate. Will Tobias be like all the men in Jane’s life and betray her? Can Jane soothe and heal Tobias’ wounded soul? Can trust and love weave and repair their tangible connection? Will Tobias ever surrender to HIS MISTRESS? Who is the hidden enemy that can consume their fragile world and reveal their secrets?
This is the first BDSM book I have read that dealt with male submission. Tobias is a different kind of hero, but has a strong and power presence in this story. Tobias realized that his heart, soul and mind would be consumed within if he didn’t challenge himself to submit to a woman’s power. Every aspect of Jane’s world has controlled by her father. She needed to discover her own individual power to take back her life. Angélique was a great character and, in my opinion, she was the glue to the budding relationship of Tobias and Jane. Ms. Burns is a great storyteller of the BDSM genre. She advocates for each character and has built a sinful and provocative cosmos for me to explore and what to visit again. I have come away for this awe-inspiring book with a greater understanding about different types of LOVE that couples fight for. I love humor, but this warm and moving story doesn’t need it. Ms. Burns has earned my top score of 5 fingers up and 10 toes. Here is a quote by Angélique that touched me and I wish to share with you all: “No man, or woman, can ever hold us completely in their power unless we choose to let them, Jane. As I’ve told you before, ma chérie, love is not about submission. It is the willingness to give of yourself. That is a great power and gift, if you allow yourself to wield it.”
Posted May 14, 2014
I am fascinated by the juxtaposition of the buttoned-up facade of the Victorian era—this novel is set in 1892—against the uninhibited world of sexual pleasures. “Those uptight and proper Victorians” as my good friend likes to say. They just didn’t discuss such things in Polite Society. One’s foibles, weaknesses, and desires were completely private and, if discovered, meant almost certain ruin, scandal, and possibly even arrest.
Tobias Lynsted is a commoner and a successful solicitor in London’s dangerous East End, with a secret sexual penchant he keeps carefully hidden. So when he’s blackmailed into marriage by the Earl of Culverstone who threatens to reveal his liaisons within the walls of the exclusive La Maison de Plaisir Noirs (The House of Dark Pleasures), Tobias feels he has no choice but to marry Culverstone’s thirty-one year-old spinster daughter, Jane.
But above all else, Tobias is an honorable man who cherishes and protects women. Luckily, Tobias was saved long ago as a little boy by a caring mentor who raised him (and four other boys) as his own sons, teaching him right from wrong and helping him learn a profession. They are his family; I’m curious if there will be future stories featuring Tobias’ brothers?
Lady Jane Grisham has long suffered being ignored by her father and, when he becomes involved with an unscrupulous woman, Lady Irene Hounslow, Culverstone feels Jane is an impediment to his upcoming marriage. Once again, the popular theme of the vulnerability of women is evident here. Marrying her off to Tobias would solve his problem. She has also been ruined, many years ago, by a man who seduced and then abandoned her. Jane has secretly admired and been attracted to Tobias when he visited her father on business, so agreeing to marry him is not too great a hardship.
I admire that Monica Burns is not afraid to write stories about older women. As in her other wonderful novels, the heroines are often over thirty and sometimes even forty.
But Jane is not the quiet mouse that Tobias first thought her. She dresses in drab grey gowns but she also hides a will of steel and strength, something that Tobias admires and is strongly attracted to.
For Jane hides a secret of her own. She, too, is a member of La Maison de Plaisir Noirs and, with her friend, Angelique, the owner, learns the ways to dominate and bring a man to submission. When she dons her mask as Lady Mystere, Jane learns that Tobias is also a member of the exclusive club and their mutual attraction—albeit secret on her end, she recognizes him, he does not—explores submission and pleasures.
“Inside the walls of La Maison de Plaisir Noirs she’d found a sanctuary that gave her the freedom to express her inner strength and wield her feminine power when and if she chose to do so.”
In a secondary storyline, Tobias tries to discover who betrayed his membership in the club for Angelique, who is also his friend.
The BDSM (bondage/submission/sadism/masochism) in the story isn’t at all like Fifty Shades of Grey. The writing here is very strong, elegant, and well-characterized, emotions are high, and the attraction between Tobias and Jane, as well as their mutual pain, palpable. In their very intense interactions at La Maison de Plaisir Noirs, Jane is in charge but Tobias never fully surrenders to her. As a result, the sexual tension is very high, but there is really only one true sex scene in the whole book.
Both Jane and Tobias have something to surrender: he, his painful childhood before being saved and she, her secret love for him. In their interactions at La Maison de Plaisir Noirs, they break down the barriers. But if she makes him surrender his past, she will have to confess her own secrets, including her true identity. Tobias wants to surrender to Jane sexually, but is afraid of giving up his control emotionally.
I am a little surprised that Tobias doesn’t recognize Jane—not even her voice?—but she recognizes him. In these types of stories, however, I have found that most men are slow on the uptake. Each thinks the other will be shocked at their proclivities, so it’s almost humorous that both share the same secret. He thinks she’s a prim and proper Victorian miss while she is convinced that Tobias will be horrified when he learns she is a member of the club, too, with her own sexual desires.
“Perhaps it was his duality that attracted her to him the most. Strong, virile, and authoritative in public, he presented an imposing figure when dealing with her father and others. But it was his darkest desire to submit to a woman in private that fascinated her.”
Monica Burns writes vividly and with rich tactile details. The scents of flowers and clove oil, the filth of the streets in the East End, and the breathlessness of eroticism are evocative in her lush and beautiful writing.
Unfortunately, there were several typos and grammatical errors in my copy that somewhat slowed my reading of this enjoyable story but, as this was an advanced reader’s copy, I hope they will be resolved in the final release.
“'Love is about submission. I will not submit to an emotion that leaves one weak and powerless.'”
"Subtle and feminine, her scent filled his nostrils with a hint of flowers in a summer meadow. The essence of her sank its way into him in a manner that sent alarm bells ringing in his head. Her fresh, feminine fragrance was a direct contrast to the shadows that filled his soul."
A dark and beautifully told romance, filled with hope and light.
Posted May 12, 2014
5 stars is so not enough to describe how much I love this story of tobias and jane! :) I am usually not into female dominates but this one being done in historical times really made me smile! Jane is the kind of woman I would have wanted to be! doing what I liked whithout being forced! and Tobias has demons on jane can understand! :) she helps him figure out what he needs and he sees what she needs both in a club and in private! which are the best most intense parts! when tobias and Jane come together its like magic in the club! I love the secondary characters that shape them into the truly strong people they both are. tobias being a lawyer, and jane being an old maid just seems to make them that much more interesting (even if her father irritates he makes jane who she is) and angelique is ooh la la and the very best kind of friend a woman needs no matter what the time period! I do have some very favorite quotes from this book that I will add soon but ms burns has out done herself immensely with this light bdsm story! I loved it and I hope you will too!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2014
An erotic historical that will make you sit up and take notice!
Tobias and Jane are perfect for each other in both worlds..the world of every day..and the world of doms and subs. This story has a twist though...Tobias has secrets. Secrets that torture his soul and Jane may be the only one who can save him! I thoroughly loved reading this story! It was hot and steamy! And I loved how Jane held her own with Tobias. A great weekend read!! <3
Posted May 12, 2014
An Intensely Seductive Victorian-Era Romance That Kept Me Riveted To The Story From Beginning To End
Wow! I actually didn't know what to expect when I read that this was a BDSM. Am I the only one who didn't know what that meant? LOL! I have never read a book by Monica Burns that I didn't enjoy, so this 60+ year old jumped right in. Now that I've read it, I can tell you that Monica has written an intensely seductive Victorian-era romance that kept me riveted to the story and the characters from the front page to the last.
The writing, as is always the case with Monica, is beautiful and polished. This is well-written erotica and not smutty in the least. There's a riveting plot and sub-plots - so it's not all sex. Within the book, you will be treated to backroom underhanded shenanigans, a forced engagement, an evil stepmother-to-be that gives Maleficent a run for her money, and a plethora of hot, slightly kinky action! I was totally fascinated and not-at-all repulsed by the goings-on in the club.
I loved both Tobias and Jane. Tobias is an atty, honest as the day is long and tortured by memories and longings. Jane is a strong woman determined to survive. She disguises a surprisingly feisty and spicy persona beneath the plain clothing that she was wearing when the story began. AND... she leads a captivating unforeseen double life!
I would highly recommend without reserve His Mistress to anyone who loves historical romances. You will not be disappointed.
Posted May 12, 2014
They were the perfect match 6 stars!
I have just finished reading the first book in The Self-Made Man series! The seduction games between Tobias and Jane are filled with anticipation, passion and sensuality, you don't want to miss HIS MISTRESS beautifully written by erotic romance author, Monica Burns. This love story is a beautiful introduction to her new erotic series of women who dare push boundaries by dominating the men they love. This story is about a marriage of convenience, passion, seduction and blackmail, and a light BDSM. The Earl of Culverstone is forcing his daughter Jane to marry Tobias, a solicitor in protecting victims of violence, especially women. Neither wish to marry, but the Earl is blackmailing Tobias, so he has no other choice to marry, but in name only. When, he meets the beautiful Jane, sparks flare and a game of seduction starts. Both, have darks secrets that they don’t want to share! We meet Angelique, the owner of a BDSM establishment La Maison des Plaisirs sombres and a friend of Jane, who will teach her in the art of seduction. Will love erase wounds from his past? Will she trust him? Will their game of seduction bring them closer? The erotic scenes were very written with a beautiful sensuality that will keep you interested until the end. You won’t be able to put the book down; His Mistress is filled with emotions, tenderness and sexuality written with certain finesse. The French expressions were well chosen et correctly spelled. This is the first book that I read of Ms. Burns and it won’t be the last one, I’m already looking forward to her next book in this series. If you love erotica, then this book is perfect for you, I strongly recommend it to you, you won’t be disappointed!
Posted June 24, 2014
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